Like lots of parents, Australian mum Laura Mazza is trying to balance working from home and helping her kids get to grip with learning at home.
Yesterday, she had lots of work to do and she thought that she could trust her five-year-old son Luca to do some school work unsupervised.
To keep an eye on him while she dealt with things in her job as a social worker, she called him on Facetime so he could ask questions if he needed to without disturbing her too much.
But Luca used the system to his advantage, scamming his mum into thinking he was doing school work, while actually playing in his room.
Posting on Facebook, Laura, who is a parenting blogger, said: ‘Meet Luca, the future president of the world. Why? Let me tell you. ‘Today’s home school session was mildly unsupervised.
This is because a) home schooling sucks. And b) I have a mountain of work that I could climb and make the Guinness world records. And c) it’s a little confidential, so I’d rather not have a sticky fingered 5 year touching things or getting on the zoom meeting like, “mum??? Who is that OLD lady?” Like he has before.’
Explaining that she was in her makeshift office by the door, she said she could hear the lesson going on so wasn’t worried that he was quiet.
She continued: ‘I wanted him to feel trusted… HAHAHAHAHHA TRUST A 5 year old… good one Laura. But I did, so I’d quickly pick up my phone and have a peak and it looked like he was listening. Should have gone to spec savers Laura.
‘I picked up my phone to tell him that he could have a break and realised he was eerily still. With the same dork confused look on his face.
I laughed and asked him if he was frozen, but of course he didn’t reply. ‘I went upstairs and as I went up, I could hear his little voice, singing and playing.
I look in his room and there he was, playing gleefully with his toys like one of the von trap children. Out on the hill like a lonely goat… olay olay olay heee hooo. Sorry, sidetracked.
‘I thought maybe he heard me say “break time” and ran off quickly to go play and it was frozen?? So I went over and saw a rather odd little set up… that looked like two iPads mating.’ Cleverly, Luca got his sister’s iPad, took some pictures and propped it up so when his mum looked at her screen, that is what she saw.
Laura said: ‘The little shit put a fake picture so it would look like he was sitting there!! Listening!!!
‘When I confronted him while trying to hold in laughter tears , he said, yeah but I didn’t just do one picture, I wanted to show you ALL my listening faces, then he looked at me dead in the eye and quoted something his dad and I say too many times to him, he said “you gotta admit, I’m pretty clever” Yes you are son.
WAY TOO CLEVER. Scammed by a 5 year old.’ Hopefully he hasn’t figured out how to tell his friends his idea yet.